The real expense is not the replacement tape drive or the on going maintenance of the old drive. That is a no brainer. (New drive may be paid for in less than a year of maintenance savings.) The real expense is replacing all of the old tapes, and if you have long term retention needs, copying the old tapes to the new format. Time is expensive, tapes can be expensive.
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of rob@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 12:42 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: 3590 E11 005F 005F 12B9
Get a newer tape drive that a current CE may have had some training on?
That was withdrawn from marketing in April of 2006. IDK what the
maintenance would be on a new tape drive versus that old one. You could
be paying more for crappy maintenance on old stuff.
We replaced our 3590's with LTO many moons ago.
Hey, I know money is a real factor here, but I am just tossing out an